ViP-CNN: Visual Phrase Guided Convolutional Neural Network

Yikang Li, Wanli Ouyang, Xiaogang Wang, Xiao'ou Tang; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2017, pp. 1347-1356

Abstract


As the intermediate level task connecting image captioning and object detection, visual relationship detection started to catch researchers' attention because of its descriptive power and clear structure. It detects the objects and captures their pair-wise interactions with a subject-predicate-object triplet, e.g. person-ride-horse. In this paper, each visual relationship is considered as a phrase with three components. We formulate the visual relationship detection as three inter-connected recognition problems and propose a Visual Phrase guided Convolutional Neural Network (ViP-CNN) to address them simultaneously. In ViP-CNN, we present a Phrase-guided Message Passing Structure (PMPS) to establish the connection among relationship components and help the model consider the three problems jointly. Corresponding non-maximum suppression method and model training strategy are also proposed. Experimental results show that our ViP-CNN outperforms the state-of-art method both in speed and accuracy. We further pretrain ViP-CNN on our cleansed Visual Genome Relationship dataset, which is found to perform better than the pretraining on the ImageNet for this task.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Li_2017_CVPR,
author = {Li, Yikang and Ouyang, Wanli and Wang, Xiaogang and Tang, Xiao'ou},
title = {ViP-CNN: Visual Phrase Guided Convolutional Neural Network},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {July},
year = {2017}
}